Coastal circuit planned to promote tourism in Konkan

The state tourism ministry plans road linkages between temples, beaches and forts with the Rs 10,000 crore Mumbai-Goa coastal road being developed by the Union ministry of road transport with a view to develop coastal tourism circuit along the 720-km long coast in the state. Madan Yerawar, minister of state (MoS) for tourism, said that the government also intends to use the 1,600 hectares of land bank with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) to raise funds for providing facilities at MTDC guest houses in the state.

Speaking on the eve of World Tourism day on Tuesday, Yerawar, said, “Tourism is the only industry that not only generates revenue but also provides gainful employment.” Commenting upon the coastal tourism circuit to be developed along the Mumbai-Goa coastal road, he said, “The detailed project report (DPR) of the project is ready.”

Under the project, the state government will develop 60 road linkages to temples, beaches and forts along the main Mumbai-Goa coastal road.

Considering the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) regulations that prevent construction activity on the beaches owned by rural development, urban development, tourism and revenue departments the government plans to implement beach shacks policy that is in vogue in neighbouring state of Goa. Yerawar said that the government intends to implement beach shacks policy on the MTDC plot at Versova beach. The government intends to put up signages along major road networks informing travels on the drive about nearby tourist attractions.

Referring to the 1,600 hectares of land bank with the MTDC, Yerawar said, “The land bank will be used to raise funds for maintenance of MTDC guest houses and providing better hospitality services.” He added, “The government intends to sign agreements with Airbnb (online brokerage lodging and rental portal), private online fleet taxis like Ola and Uber which will provide employment and services to tourists and people alike.”

Courtesy: FreePressJournal

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